The Higgs Boson and Its Development of the Standard Model Essay

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The Higgs Boson and Its Development of the Standard Model Benjamin Breer Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology The Higgs Boson and Its Development of the Standard Model The Higgs Boson, discovered in 2012 at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), was the largest development of the Standard Model since Einstein’s proposal of mass-energy conversion. First predicted by physicist Peter Higgs, the Higgs Boson shed new light on the fundamentals of the nanoscopic universe such as the origin of mass and how it affects our macroscopic world. In the past several centuries, we have gained a surfeit of knowledge about atoms and how they interact on the subatomic level. These discoveries have been amalgamated into one consistent representation called the Standard Model of particle physics. This model documents what we have discovered about the atom, fundamental forces, elementary particles, and other generations of subatomic particles theorized and detected by a particle accelerator such as that of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Until 2012, the Higgs Boson was a theorized particle that was coherent with the Standard Model that had not yet been detected—introducing a unique situation. All particles in the Standard Model have been verified for existence by being detected in particle accelerators; however, the Higgs Boson was the only particle not yet detected but coherent with that the Standard Model predicts, instigating much debate over whether or not the particle existed. Since the announcement of its discovery on July 4th, 2012, the doubt in the existence of the Higgs Boson has been eliminated, but the quest for knowledge about the Higgs Boson did not end with its discovery. “The Higgs boson, as proposed within the Standard Model, is the simplest manifestation of the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism,” developed in the mid-1960s (Heuer, 2015). Essentially,

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